Monday, December 28, 2009

Things That Make You Go Hmm....

We have no clue what this means, but it has got to be good.

Was it supposed to be PEACE or FAITH? Who knows.

Believe it or not...this is NOT a one-of-a-kind. The lady selling these had tons of them. She also would not negotiate price because she said it "was the best quality." I didn't have the heart to tell her that it was not the "best quality" because it means nothing to the people she is trying to sell it to. So I paid full price of 30RMB (~4.50USD) and was full of FACE with my purchace.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our Furniture Has Arrived

Having furniture made here was a big experimental project on our part. There are no Pottery Barn's, Z Gallerie's, or even Rooms-to-Go in China. We also didn't have a real NEED to have furniture while living overseas because every home we live in is furnished. However, we don't have much real furniture at home-home.

Before we moved to Norway, we were just settling down in El Paso, Texas. We bought a house and started moving in, only to be transferred six short months later. Needless to say, we pretty much combined our bachelor/bachelorette furniture with a few new pieces and made do...all of which is in now in storage.

So why would we buy furniture here?

Two reasons:

1. Because it is dirt cheap. I LOVE a good deal. That is the truth.
2. There are wonderful people here who are experts at replicating/copying.

What made this challenging was that the furniture workshop is an hour away one direction, the fabric market is one hour in the other direction,(I'm sure our driver, Mr. Goo, is as sick of these places as I am) and there is very little English involved, which can get tricky.

At the bottom of this post is what we had in mind.

And here are some pics of what we got!!

The new things in this picture are the apothocary cabinet in the left corner. The two chairs, the pedestal table and the ottoman coffee table.